Foreign Affairs

MENENDEZ HAILS PASSAGE OF 9/11 BILL

Passage is a Victory for All Americans

For Immediate Release:

December 7, 2004

Contact:Andrew Kauders
202-226-3210

WASHINGTON, DC -- Rep. Bob Menendez, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and a conferee on the 9/11 bill, today made the following statement on passage of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, following months of negotiations.  The bill passed by a vote of 336 to 75.

Pelosi: '9/11 Bill Will Help Protect America and All Americans

For Immediate Release:

December 7, 2004

Contact:Brendan Daly/Jennifer Crider
202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement this evening on the final version of the  9/11 intelligence reform bill, which passed the House by a vote of  336 to 75:

“More than four months ago, the 9/11 Commission made a critical judgment.  It concluded that the United States intelligence community was not structured properly to counter the threats, including terrorism, that our nation was likely to face in the years to come.

Statement of the Family Steering Committee on Stalled Intel Reform Bill

For Immediate Release:

November 24, 2004

Contact:Afshin Mohamadi
202-225-7944

Last week, the American people saw Washington at its worst.  Partisan politics, turf battles and status quo complacency took precedence over Congress's most fundamental and sacred obligation - to protect the citizens of this country against our enemies. America saw members of Congress sent scurrying home by Speaker Hastert, leaving unfinished the most important legislation of all - fixing the core problems that allowed 9/11 to happen.

HOYER STATEMENT ON 9/11 INTELLIGENCE REFORM

For Immediate Release:

December 7, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON - House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer released the following statement today regarding House passage of the 9/11 Intelligence Reform bill:

"I am pleased that our friends on the other side of the aisle and the White House have finally resolved their differences on intelligence reform and that the Republican leadership is allowing the Members to vote on this important conference report.

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In the House, both parties’ leaders pledge to maintain Jewish outreach

For Immediate Release:

November 3, 2004

Contact:Ron Kampeas

Jewish Telegrahic Agency

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 (JTA) — The Democratic and Republican whips in the U.S. House of Representatives have a lot in common when it comes to Jewish issues — such as bipartisan agreement on support for Israel and an understanding that neither party can take the Jewish vote for granted any longer.

In exclusive interviews with JTA, Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) each explained why reaching Jewish voters will continue to preoccupy them long-term, even after an election that saw unprecedented attention paid to the Jewish vote.

HOYER: IMPASSE ON INTELLIGENCE REFORM DEMONSTRATES THE IMPORTANCE OF ELECTING DEMOCRATS TO HOUSE MAJORITY

Democratic Whip Says House Republicans Are “Constitutionally Incapable” of Bipartisan Consensus on Key Issue

For Immediate Release:

October 27, 2004

Contact:Anna Bell Farrar
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the continuing impasse on an intelligence reform bill and the failure of this Republican Congress to enact legislation on other major issues:

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INFORMATION CLEARINGHOUSE ON INTELL. REFORM LEGISLATION

For Immediate Release:

October 4, 2004

Contact:

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(the Intell. Reform Clearinghouse will be continuously updated as new information is available. Last updated at 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 6th)

» The Intell. Reform Clearinghouse

SKELTON: Republican Intelligence Reform Omits Bipartisan 9/11 Commission Recommendations

For Immediate Release:

October 8, 2004

Contact:Laura Battles, Rep. Skelton
(202) 225-2876

WASHINGTON D.C.— Republicans decline to include key recommendations of the bipartisan  9/11 Commission in their intelligence reform legislation.

Representative Ike Skelton (MO), Ranking Member on the Armed Services Committee made the following statement:

MENENDEZ: HOUSE REPUBLICANS CHOOSE PARTISANSHIP OVER SECURITY

Menendez Amendment Rejected by House Republicans

For Immediate Release:

October 8, 2004

Contact:Andrew Kauders, Rep. Menedez
202-226-3210

WASHINGTON, DC -- House Democratic Caucus Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today made the following statement following the defeat of the Menendez Amendment by a vote of 213 to 203.  The amendment merged two bi-partisan 9/11 Senate bills (Collins/Lieberman, S. 2845; McCain/Lieberman, S.2774) endorsed by the 9/11 Commission, and supported by a majority of 9/11 families.